4201 South Union
Des Moines, IA 50315
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
1/
10
Bottom 50%
South Union Elementary School serves 439 students in grades Kindergarten-5.
South Union Elementary School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Iowa for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 38% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 69%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 34% (which is lower than the Iowa state average of 68%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the Iowa state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 66% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is higher than the Iowa state average of 26% (majority Hispanic and Black).

School Overview

South Union Elementary School's student population of 439 students has declined by 14% over five school years.
The teacher population of 40 teachers has grown by 8% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-5
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
439 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
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School Rankings

South Union Elementary School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,227 schools in Iowa (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of South Union Elementary School is 0.76, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (IA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1206 out of 1227 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
38%
69%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
34%
68%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
13%
3%
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Hispanic
28%
12%
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Black
19%
7%
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White
34%
74%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
6%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.76
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National School Lunch Program
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
80%
35%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
6%
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Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) NCES, IA Dept. of Education

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Students: 439 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 11:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 66%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in IA
  • Math Proficiency
    : 38% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 34% (Btm 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.76

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